Tithebarn link road and bridge

Key Facts

  • Total cost: £6.2m (GHF contribution: £4.5m)
  • Fund: Growth and Housing
  • Date opened: Spring 2018
  • Region: Devon


The Growth and Housing fund worked in partnership with developers and Devon County Council to introduce a new road and pedestrian cycle bridge that provides a vital link for sustainable transport in Exeter.

Before the introduction of the new route, the only way to travel between the major development sites on the western side of the M5 in Exeter and the East Devon Growth Point was via J29 and the A30 road corridor. Despite improvements to J29, an alternative route was needed to unlock three housing and employment sites at this strategically important intersection.

The pedestrian and cycle bridge was installed in November 2017 and spans 60m alongside the existing bridge just north of Junction 29 of the M5.

The link road was opened to traffic in April 2018. It offers network resilience by providing a permanent alternative to J29 M5 / A30 traffic. The 600m section of road connects the city centre to the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, including the key developments of Cranbrook, Skypark and the Exeter Science Park.

How the scheme benefits the local environment

The link road and bridge provides direct access to approximately 1000 buildings and unlocks the remaining 5800 buildings and 3000 jobs in East Devon up to 2026.

It also provides a primary bus route connecting Cranbrook, Skypark Science Park and Monkerton with the city centre allowing greater accessibility across the area.

By removing local trips to ease congestion on A30 link to the M5 J29, the resilience of the local strategic road network is being improved and reduces journey times.

How the scheme benefits the local economy

The pedestrian and cycle bridge offers a safe, connected route for pedestrians and cyclists from the city centre to the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point. It complements the nearby Redhayes Bridge by creating a greater choice of direct routes over the motorway, encouraging local uptake in walking and cycling.

In addition, the new routes have unlocked the delivery of new housing developments in the area to build new communities close to employment opportunities.

“We are pleased we have been able to support Devon County Council and contribute to growth in the Exeter area by helping to deliver a cycle and pedestrian bridge which provides a vital link for sustainable transport, for both new communities and businesses. ”  

Ian Parsons, Senior Planning Manager for Highways England

“This link is another important step in supporting the growth of Devon’s economy and it’s another example of partnership working to help deliver that. ” 

Cllr Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste